Sucker Punch - Single
You know the rock world is in trouble when bands keep ditching the electric guitars for synths – people were bemoaning this shift way back with Van Halen’s "Jump". But Die Mannequin’s polished, new single “Sucker Punch” feels like something different. Self-described as EDM – Evil Dance Music in this case – it’s blends the riff-heavy elements of the band’s earlier material with a trendy electro sheen, and comes off as surprisingly genuine.
“It’s really just been a natural progression,” lead singer Care Failure explains in a press release. “If it sounds like a big change for people, that’s just because of the years between the last record (2009’s Juno-nominated Fino + Bleed) and now. I’ve been DJing quite a bit over the past few years, and what I do is very contemporary and quite dancey. And I’ve been writing a lot on piano again. I’ve always had so many different influences that weren’t necessarily just rock. But when I started in music I was 14 and 15 and I kind of got stuck in this teenage punk hell of having to play the same songs for 10 years.”
Hear more of Die Mannequin’s new direction on the forthcoming Neon Zero, due mid-October on their new label, eOne Music.